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Am J Ther. 2016 Jan-Feb;23(1):e307-10. doi: 10.1097/MJT.0000000000000008.

A Case of Teicoplanin-Induced Pancytopenia Caused by Excessive Dosing.

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  • 1Departments of 1Internal Medicine, 2Laboratory Medicine, and 3Surgery, Korea Workers' Compensation & Welfare Hospital, Incheon, Korea.


Teicoplanin is reported to be as effective as vancomycin but with minimal side effects. We report a case of teicoplanin-induced pancytopenia, which has not been demonstrated previously. A 44-year-old man with tetraplegia was treated with a diagnosis of urinary tract infection and pneumonia, and a high-dose of teicoplanin (400 mg every 12 hours) was administered for 4 days inadvertently. Although the infection rapidly improved, the patient developed pancytopenia by the fourth day of teicoplanin therapy, which was improved after reducing the dose of teicoplanin (200 mg/d). Our patient represents a probable case of teicoplanin-induced pancytopenia with adverse drug reaction probability score of 6.

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